Year 3/4 - Mrs Wainwright

This term in Class 3/4 KW we have been learning all about rainforests in connection with our ‘Save the Planet’ topic. The children found it interesting to learn about why rainforests are important to our planet. We have used maps to find out where in the world the rainforests are located. We enjoyed learning about the different layers of the rainforests and the animals that live in these layers.

In connection with our topic we have been learning about plants. After learning about what plants need to grow well, we designed our own experiment to find out about the best conditions for plants to grow in. The children were surprised to learn about how plants that live in the rainforest adapt to their surroundings. More recently we have been learning about ‘All Living Things’ where we have grouped animals according to their characteristics as well as using a classification key to classify animals. The children have particularly enjoyed designing a new animal that might be found in the rainforest-they had to think carefully about the characteristics of the animal so that their partner could classify the new animal. The designs were interesting! We will also be learning that habitats can change and that sometimes this poses dangers to living things. We will be designing posters to try to encourage people to stop deforestation. To finish this unit of work off we will learn about food chains and consider the food chains that exist in the rainforests.

In Literacy we have been consolidating our learning about rainforests and have been learning to write non-chronological reports. We have worked hard to produce a class report about rainforests and next we will be writing out own report about either the Red-Eyed Tree Frog or the Jaguar. Once we have completed this Literacy unit we will be learning about persuasive writing where we will attempt to persuade people to protect the rainforests.

For year 3, our GPS work has been focused on learning about nouns including common, abstract and collective nouns. The year 4s have been taking this a step further and have been learning about noun phrases.

The children have worked hard in maths, which has been all about fractions. We have been learning about equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions and finding fractions of amounts. We are now moving on to learning about decimals and understanding tenths and hundredths. We also spend 20 minutes a day revising and practising some of the maths skills that were covered as remote learning.